LAS VEGAS (April 13) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. regained the No. 1 ranking in the POWERade points standings with his second quarterfinal finish in a row Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Coughlin took out Mike Edwards in Round 1 before falling to eventual race winner Jason Line in the second round.

With his finish, Coughlin moved around former No. 1 racer Greg Anderson, who lost in the opening session, but was caught and equaled by Anderson’s teammate Line when the former series champion denied Greg Stanfield in the final round.

“It’s been a heckuva year already,” said Coughlin, a winner earlier this season in Gainesville, Fla. “We’ve had four different race winners in the first five races and it looks as though it’s going to be a dog-fight every weekend. We wouldn’t want it any other way. We love competition and it doesn’t get any better than this.”

Entering the day as a slight underdog to Mike Edwards, Coughlin dismissed his friend by one hundredth of a second, leaving the starting line first (.026 to .033) and clicking the timers first with a 6.797 at 203.25 mph in his Chevrolet Cobalt, just ahead of Edwards’ 6.800 at 203.92 mph.

Coughlin was sharp once again versus Line, leaving with an eight-thousandths of a second edge. But on this day Line had a slightly quicker car and he was able to catch and pass Coughlin to win with a 6.789 at 203.83 mph to Coughlin’s 6.826 at 203.58 mph.

“It wasn’t our best weekend of racing but we were able to regain a share of the points lead, which was our No. 1 goal,” Coughlin said. “It’s very interesting how it’s all shaking out and the fans are certainly getting their money’s worth this year.

“It’s crazy to think how close everything has become. If you look at everything we did collectively as a team, we had a great weekend. But one little blip can be the difference between winning and losing. Our spirits are high and we’re already looking forward to a big weekend in Atlanta.”

The next POWERade race occurs May 2-4 at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.

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